Anime, Film, Studio Ghibli

Don’t Hate Me For My Thoughts on “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

I was originally planning on reviewing Castle in the Sky this week, as a way to celebrate its 35th anniversary. And while I do have HBOMax and could watch it at literally anytime - I decided to see it in the theater as part of GhibliFest. (Don’t worry I’m fully vaxxed.) But in a situation… Continue reading Don’t Hate Me For My Thoughts on “Howl’s Moving Castle.”

Anime, Film, Other, Studio Ghibli

In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of”Spirited Away”

While Avatar: The Last Airbender deserves a lot of credit for getting me into animation...There is another piece of media that deserves to be mentioned. And considering it just celebrated its 20th anniversary this month, it seems like the right time to discuss Spirited Away. I first saw the movie when I was about 10… Continue reading In Celebration of the 20th Anniversary of”Spirited Away”

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“Earwig and the Witch” is aggressively mediocre

I wanted a cute film about music and found family, made in the traditional Ghibli way, and instead, I got Earwig and the Witch, which looks and reads like an early 2000s wannabe Disney straight-to-VHS mockbuster -designed to fool well-meaning grandparents or just something to keep kids quiet for an hour and a half. It’s… Continue reading “Earwig and the Witch” is aggressively mediocre

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My DVD and manga collection

So, I decided to do something a little different today. I wanted to show part of my DVD and manga collection. I still have many things back at my parents place, like way too many volumes of the Naruto manga, but all of my favorite things are here. And since we’re all stuck inside, I… Continue reading My DVD and manga collection

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‘Pom Poko’ is a movie that’s balls to the walls weird.

(This review was originally published on June 24, 2018 and has been updated.) Pom Poko (1994), directed by the late Isao Takahata, is one of the less popular Ghibli films in the West. And after seeing it for the first, and possibly only time, I completely understand why. I don’t how popular it is in Japan,… Continue reading ‘Pom Poko’ is a movie that’s balls to the walls weird.